Mike Ruso acts as managing editor of Thru Hike Florida and our sister site Thru-Paddle Florida. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Literature & Creative Writing at the University of South Florida.
Mike has thru-hiked the Appalachian and Florida Trails, hiked half of the Pacific Crest Trail, and paddled the entire 1500-mile coastline of Florida in a kayak. Mike and his paddling partner Dan Dick were the first people to thru-paddle the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail from west to east. Mike blogs about writing, teaching, literature, film, photography, and environmental issues at mikeruso.com, and his nature photography is on Instagram @mikerusophotography.
Tess Ippolito has earned a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of California, Berkley as well as bachelor degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of South Florida.
In addition to thru-hiking the Florida Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, she has worked as an environmental regulator for the Southwest Florida Water Management District and taught high school biology and chemistry.
Thru-Hiking after 55
Are you 55 or older and have thru-hiked the Florida Trail or another trail? We are currently looking for someone to write a series of articles/ essays about thru-hiking over the age of 55. Use the form below to email us and we'll contact you to discuss the project and pay. Let us know your age and hiking experiences.
Are you from Europe, Australia, or another foreign country and have thru-hiked the Florida Trail or another trail? We are currently looking for someone to write a series of articles/ essays about thru-hiking in America, intended for a foreign audience. Use the form below to email us and we'll contact you to discuss the project and pay. Let us know where you are from, your English proficiency, and about your hiking experiences.
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